Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center Takes in Green Sea Turtle That Had Shark Bites

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Brevard Zoo is optimistic about the turtle's recovery

This green sea turtle was brought to Brevard Zoo after they were discovered crawling ashore in Vero Beach with shark bites. (Brevard Zoo image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – A green sea turtle was brought to Brevard Zoo after being discovered crawling ashore in Vero Beach with shark bites.

Although the turtle lost most of their left front flipper, zoo caregivers are optimistic about this patient’s recovery, and they should be back in the ocean in a few months.

The green sea turtle, also known as the green turtle, black turtle or Pacific green turtle, is a species of large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae.

It is the only species in the genus Chelonia.

They are easily distinguished from other sea turtles because they have a single pair of prefrontal scales (scales in front of its eyes), rather than two pairs as found on other sea turtles.

Although the turtle lost most of their left front flipper, zoo caregivers are optimistic about this patient’s recovery, and they should be back in the ocean in a few months. (Brevard Zoo image)

Green sea turtles are easily distinguished from other sea turtles because they have a single pair of prefrontal scales (scales in front of its eyes), rather than two pairs as found on other sea turtles. (Brevard Zoo image)

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